Course Title: Field Investigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Field Investigation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2537

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite courses for this course

Course Description

This course will enable you to engage with and investigate a relevant justice organisation or justice field/s in either a domestic or international context with a view to you making more informed choices about employment at the end of your study


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories, principles, philosophies and recent developments in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Employ a wide range of research tools, methods and approaches to produce new knowledge of justice issues and guide policy development and inform decision making
  • Synthesise, rationalise, and communicate new scholarship and research to diverse professional and non-professional audiences
  • Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills in addressing situations and problems in justice settings demonstrating cultural, social and environmental sensitivity

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Analyse and critique professional practice in an organisation relevant to the justice sector
  • Self-appraise your engagement using appropriate reflective techniques and critically examine factors that shape your professional identity
  • Demonstrate your ability to learn from the experience of diverse practice
  • Identify good teamwork principles and practices and group dynamics
  • Work productively with people from diverse backgrounds with diverse cultural backgrounds and utilise effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Develop and demonstrate high level verbal and written communication skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course may be offered in either fully online and/or face to face modes. Learning activities may also be experienced in the workplace or in international contexts.

The course may involve university or workplace seminars. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. An introductory overview of key literature, concepts and processes/methods relevant to working with industry will be available. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. You should also examine organisational documents whilst on placement to gain a broader understanding of the organisation and workforce.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment activities for students  will include research reports, projects, literature reviews, presentations